1978 History

When the new year began in 1978 more information materials, fund-raising campaigns, and parties were scheduled to promote the idea of community radio.

At the beginning of 1978, an office was set up on the second floor of the building owned by Foolkiller Folk at 39th and Main Streets in Kansas City. The people at the Foolkiller were compatible souls, and shared some of the same goals of promoting alternative forms of expression.

From the Midtown KC Post, “If you are of a certain age in Kansas City, you probably remember the Foolkiller – a group that offered open mics, concerts and discussions groups in the 1970s.”

Mid-Coast eventually found other office space and the Foolkiller sold its building.


Mid-Coast created its first brochure to publicize the goal of a community radio station in Kansas City.

. . . and information was prepared to show accomplishments including statements of purpose to define goals, which could be used to apply for grants and other funding.

The newsletter for Mid-Coast Radio grew to 4 pages edited by Rachel Kaub and Ralph Tomlinson. As mentioned in the newsletter there was a debate on how powerful we needed to make the station when applying for a license from the Federal Communications Commission. Eventually, in March, 1978 a decision was made to go for full-power at 100,000 watts – the most powerful signal allowed in the United States.

One of several parties at the Westport house would would at one point house the Mid-Coast office, and later the first recording studios in the basement.

1978 Party Flyer

Barbara Blake who served as board president several times, and one of the eventual founders of on-air KKFi, started a dollar-a-watt campaign to raise money for the future station.

1978 Dollar-A-Watt Campaign